Duolingo suggests Japanese just one month away
Last week we all hypothesized what this tweet meant:
Apparently it wasn't news for us but for the outside world, in case it didn't notice Duolingo was preparing a Japanese course, according to this recent tweet:
The one thing that's new is that they expect it to be ready in one month! I don't really believe that's possible.
However, considering it already has a TTS system working, and that most of the "unfinished words" in their tree are in fact characters that don't need three sentences to be finished, and also the fact that there is a Duolingo developer in the course, this one month thing could be feasible.
I guess this means that the 500 word total they'd referenced when the course was added to the incubator was actually a firm estimate? Guess that makes it the shortest tree on Duolingo on every measure. It's takes the current minimum lesson count and drops it by a quarter.
I recall mention of the number of feasible Japanese translations of English sentences being simply enormous (in the thousands). I wonder if this shortness is explicitly to try to keep things manageable. Japanese seems primed to shoot up the user league table, and I suppose Duo wants a polished user experience even at the cost of being much less comprehensive than other courses.
Why wasn't it announced 2-3 months ago?
I'm not really holding my breath for it to be released by May 15th. No course has every released on time. I mean Swahili was released early, yet was missing the audio? Not really sure why. I just hope they don't release it too early and it missing audio or anything. I rather wait for it to be fully finished than half done. I also hope it's of good quality.